Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Brazil midfielder was pictured having a medical in Manchester as sources close to Shakhtar said a fee had been agreed between the two clubs.
Sky Sports News reported that Fernandinho will cost City £34 million and the Daily Mail said his price will be £22 million while ESPN believes City would rather pay a sum in the region of £20 million. He has a €50 million release clause in his contract with the Ukrainian champions but City have long been adamant they will not pay that much.
Fernandinho, 28, has long been a target of City’s, and the path was cleared for him to join the 2012 Premier League champions when Shakhtar completed deals for Brazil midfielders Fernando and Wellington Nem, from Gremio and Fluminense respectively.
Shakhtar’s deals could also pave the way for Liverpool to make a bid for the Ukrainian club’s £22 million-rated attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
City are also set to sign Sevilla winger Jesus Navas after a €20 million deal was agreed and the Spain international confirmed he is heading for England.
They are likely to appoint Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini as their new head coach later this week.